IMPD continues investigation into infant found dead in creek

DNA submitted to 2 state databases

INDIANAPOLIS - Officials have not abandoned their quest to identify an infant found dead in a creek in March.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were still investigating the cause of death and attempting to locate the parents.

The Coroner's office described the baby as biracial or Hispanic and seven to nine months old. The child's body was so decomposed that the cause of death was still unknown.

The unknown cause of death remained a source of frustration for the homicide detective who has still pursued any and all leads.

"I'd like to find mom to see what her psychological state is or was at the time. Or to see how she's doing now to see if she was forced into giving up the child or exactly what the circumstances were that led someone to dispose of the child in a creek," said Detective Bill Rodgers with IMPD.

The infant's body was discovered March 17 in a creek under 14 inches of water.

Many of the area neighbors were returning home from church.

"That was just horrifying. I guess the man that found it was very upset," a neighbor said.

Police have yet to identify the baby, the cause of death or find the infant's mother. Fortunately,  the statute of limitations never runs out on a case like this.

"I'm not without hope. Someone knows who this child belongs to. And our hope is that the person, especially the mother, will come forward and explain what happened and why it happened and we'll get this resolved," Rodgers said.

Police have entered the baby's DNA into two statewide databases, so if someone is arrested and goes to prison, investigators would be alerted to a genetic hit.

Two women identified early in the investigation willingly provided DNA samples that did not match the infant's DNA.

Police were also hoping to find the father of the infant.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at crimetips.org or by texting "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627.

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